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Full Time Professorial Stream - Assistant Professor, Sociocultural Anthropology

York University, Department of Anthropology
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Closing date
Nov 19, 2022

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Cultural Anthropology
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Applied Anthropology
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Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University


The Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial-stream tenure track appointment in Sociocultural Anthropology at the Assistant Professor level to commence July 1, 2023.


This opportunity is open to qualified individuals who self-identify as Black peoples of African Descent (for example Africans and African heritage from the Caribbean, Americas, Europe). Recognizing the underrepresentation of Black faculty, this opportunity supports the University’s Affirmative Action program and has been developed based on the special program provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code. To receive full consideration, candidates should complete and submit a self-identification form as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program (detailed below). The position is part of a cohort hire across a number of faculties and fields of study. The successful candidate will be joining a vibrant scholarly community at York, where we aspire to achieve equity and diversity in all areas, including race equity. Read more about York’s investment in Advancing Black Research & Scholarship, including recipients of the inaugural York Black Research Seed Fund awards.


Candidate Qualifications:

A PhD in hand or by July 1, 2023. The PhD must be in Anthropology, or in a closely related discipline, with significant training in anthropological approaches and methodologies. For related disciplines, candidates must articulate clearly how they incorporate and interpret anthropological theories and methodologies in their research and teaching statements. Candidates must also demonstrate excellence or promise of excellence in teaching and service and have produced publications appropriate to their career stage.



Research/Practice Expertise:



      • The successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The position will involve graduate teaching and supervision, as well as undergraduate teaching.
      • Pedagogical innovation in high-priority areas such as experiential education and technology-enhanced learning is preferred.
      • Excellence, or promise of excellence for early career scholars, in teaching, as evident in: the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations (e.g., high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning); teaching evaluations; strong letters of reference.


Hiring Policies:

  • Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.
  • All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority.
  • York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Professor Denielle Elliott, Chair of the Search Committee at
  • York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and those who self-identify as 2SLGBTQ+, can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting this voluntary self-identification form.



Application Components:

  • Due date for completed applications: Friday, November 18, 2022
  • Required components: 1) cover letter; 2) current CV; 3) separate statements of research and teaching interests; 4) teaching evaluations; 5) names and contact information for letters of reference
  • Candidates must also complete and submit a Work Status Declaration form. This is a mandatory form and no application will be considered without it.
  • Submit materials: Applications may be uploaded to beginning on September 27, 2022. Questions may be directed to Professor Othon Alexandrakis, Chair, Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Email: (Subject line: Black Anthropology Position).



University Context:

  • York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.
  • York is located in Toronto, Canada’s largest city and one of the world’s most diverse. In 2022, Forbes named Toronto one of the Ten Best Cities to Live. York is accessible from Toronto by subway.



York University is a public research university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is Canada's third-largest university, and it has approximately 55,700 students, 7,000 faculty and staff, and over 325,000 alumni worldwide.

The following information is provided by the employer in accordance with AAA policy. AAA is not responsible for verifying the accuracy of these statements. They are not part of the actual position description submitted for publication by the employer. 

  • This employer does prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation/preference.
  • This employer does prohibit discrimination based on gender identity/expression.
  • This employer does not offer health insurance benefits to eligible partners.
  • This employer does not appear on the AAUP list of censured institutions.
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